Should you, or should you not, tell someone about your dreams before you actively begin to pursue them?
You have an idea, dream or goal and something swells on the inside of you. Passion. Commitment. Excitement. Then maybe life happens but you can’t shake this dream. So, what do you do? Do you tell someone? Maybe a close friend or family member? Or do you keep it to yourself and get to work?
There have been numerous studies that have shown that prematurely expressing your goals to someone can negatively affect your results and commitment your goal. When you set a goal or have a dream there are steps that naturally need to be taken to achieve it. You make an action plan, break your goal down into smaller steps, and get to work. Telling someone about your dreams before this process tricks your brain into believing it’s already begun the work.
You release the same chemicals in your brain that you do when you start working on your dreams and sets your brain in a premature state of accomplishment. This premature state results in less achievement and productivity towards our goals.
Waiting until you’ve taken your first few steps and really started working on your goals to tell a mentor or trusted friend or family member can be more beneficial and yield the greatest results in the pursuit of your dreams.